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Landslide kills at least 10 in Kenya

Posted by feww on April 30, 2010

Kenyan landslide kills at least 10, many  reported missing

A landslide triggered by extreme rain killed 10 people in western Kenya,  the Kenya Red Cross (KRC)  reported.

The latest deaths raised the the number of victims killed by floods and landslides in Keny to 100 since January, KRC said.

At least 10 bodies have been recovered from a landslide disaster area in Kitony Village, Kaben Location, Tot Division in Marakwet East District.

It is feared that some people are still buried in the landslide. Kenya Red Cross Society team from North Rift Region is assisting the villages to dig into the mud. At least 10 people with critical head injuries are expected to be flown from the area for further treatment.

“Ten bodies have been retrieved from the landslide scene and 10 other people have been injured,” Nelly Muluka, communications officer for KRC, told Reuters by telephone.

“It is feared that some people have been buried in the landslide but we don’t know how many, maybe dozens,” she said.

Meanwhile…

Georgia landslide damaged Russian gas pipeline to Armenia

“Georgia has suspended the transit of Russian natural gas through Georgian territory today following landslides that reportedly damaged the pipeline carrying it to Armenia, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service reports.

“Georgian media reported that the landslides caused by heavy rains occurred in a mountainous area close to the Russian border. The head of Georgia’s National Oil and Gas Corporation, Zurab Janjgava, said repairs on the damaged section of the pipeline have begun and will take two or three days.” More …

Landslide in Bogota destroys houses, traps people under the rubble

A Landslide triggered by heavy rains destroyed at least a dozen houses, leaving many people trapped under the rubble. A second landslide, which occurred shortly after, trapped soldiers  who had come to the rescue of the first wave of victims.

At least 20,000 people have been left homeless Colombia since the country’s rainy season started, with 88 municipalities across 22 departments affected by the extreme weather events. The death toll stands at 8, as of posting.

Related Links:

  • Landslides [Index page for landslides and related links]

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